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Fishermans Bend development to become as densely populated as New York's Manhattan

24 October 2013

The State Government’s plan for Fishermans Bend will see it become the most densely populated area in the country.

The plan includes the possibility of two underground train stations being built in Fishermans Bend, Port Melbourne, with a line from Southern Cross Station linking them to the city. 

While the development is in its early stages, the area may be serviced with an interim tram service along Williamstown Road. 

Currently, the densest area in Melbourne is its CBD, with 10,900 people per square kilometer. Under the plan the Fishermans Bend precinct would house a whopping 32,000 people per square kilometer. 

To put that in to perspective, Sydney’s densest area is Pyrmont with a residential density of 13,900, and Manhattan, New York has 32,000 people per square kilometer.

That means Denis Napthine’s plan for Fishermans Bend will have it at a similar density to downtown Manhattan! 

Currently an isolated industrial area, Fishermans Bend lacks residential infrastructure and will require a massive development on that front. 

Unlike the Docklands developments of the 90’s, where planners were caught by surprise by the flurry of apartment towers that the area eventually saw, this time around the government is prepared by providing the framework for a development contributions plan and has recognised the critical role early infrastructure provision will be for the success of the project. 

The plan was released by Premier Denis Napthine and Planning Minister Matthew Guy and expresses a need for a major tree-lined boulevard and green spaces linking CBD and bayside parks. 

The high-rise apartment towers are to be closer to the city, while low-rise and townhouse developments will be encouraged in the western area of the development. 

Planning Minister Mathew Guy said he wanted the precinct to mirror some of Melbourne’s best features, with classy boulevards and a café and laneway culture.

“We want to make Fishermans Bend a seamless transition from the CBD to the bayside suburbs,” he said. 

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project and will take decades to complete.

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